Farmland Dairies now offers Skim Plus Fiber, which is fortified with probiotic fiber, and Skim Plus Omega-3 with CoQ10, which is fortified with Omega-3 fatty acids and CoQ10. Skim Plus Fiber delivers 2.5 grams of fiber per serving. And, just one serving of Skim Plus Omega-3 with CoQ10 contains 55 milligrams of EPA and DHA, along with milligrams of CoQ10.

The Manhattan Chili Co. now has eight varieties of chili available for retail: poultry (High Plains Turkey and Ginger Chicken), beef (Numero Uno, Chain Gang and Choral Society) and vegan (Red Lentil, Totally Vegetable and 4 Bean Butternut Squash). The line of chili is all natural, contains no preservatives and is minimally processed.

Gold Mine Natural Food Company makes available its Ohsawa Organic Gluten-Free Tamari in a 5-oz. bottle. The smaller variety is particularly beneficial for those wanting to use the product at the dinner table, and for those who stock epicurean gifts, create specialty baskets and cross-merchandise it with other foods.
SRP: $5.95 per 5-oz. bottle.

Catalyst Gourmet offers Gourmet Finishing Sugars, blends made from Catalyst Tea Enhancers and turbinado cane sugar. The all-natural, gluten-free, artisan blends are also suitable for baking and grilling. There are currently four blends: Enchanting Chai, Sensational Saffron, Gourmet Ginger, and Fennel Fusion. They are available in 6.5-oz tins, as well as in bulk and food service sizes.

News from industry food companies.

New York, NY—The United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has further increased existing concern over world food supply and prices by announcing alarming predictions for the near future. FAO chief economist Abdolreza Abbassian summarized the situation in a widely-circulated statement, saying ,“We are entering danger territory.”

Washington, D.C.—The Food Safety Modernization Act, since WholeFoods last updated its status in January, has been signed into law by President Barack Obama. But, the new year has brought some challenges to the implementation of the new law’s measures. The Act, which broadens the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) power to regulate food safety, has an uncertain future in terms of funding.

Packaging for many ground or chopped meat and poultry products will now feature nutrition facts panels, according to a new rule established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Forty of the most common cuts of meat, as well as whole, raw meat and poultry products will be required to present this information on a label, or have the nutrition facts available at the point-of-purchase. The rule is to become effective on Jan. 1, 2012.

A federal judge has deemed the continued planting of genetically modified (GM) sugar beets, supplied solely by Monsanto, to be in violation of a previous court order, and ruled that the current GM crop should be plowed under. U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White of San Francisco ruled that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) had permitted Monsanto to plant the beets despite a previous ruling by him requiring that USDA complete an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the beets before planting.